Laura de Rosales

Class Year



Rockford, Illinois


Exercise Science


Secondary Education, Health

“I think other students should consider our major because our department is full of great and knowledgeable professors. They care that students succeed inside and outside of the classroom.”

Laura de Rosales, ’20

Career goal

“After Carthage, I hope to either be working in a school setting teaching physical education and health or working in an organization with the community and youth (much like the YMCA or the Boys and Girls Club). I also would love to coach any level of volleyball!”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“One of my favorite professors (also my advisor and boss) is Professor Rebekah Johnson. Prof. Johnson has done a great job leading me and always making sure I’m enjoying what I’m learning. She was also the one to offer me my job as EXSS Department assistant. Since taking on that role, I feel like I’ve been given a lot of opportunities to learn under her, despite the fact that I am no longer in her classes. I see her every week, and I think we work well together. She is always providing me with more opportunities to better myself for future careers.”

Favorite class

“One of my favorite classes has been Adapted Physical Education and Sport. I loved learning about how different sports, activities, and games can be changed, so everyone can be involved and the class can be inclusive. It does call for some creativity and sometimes problem solving. One of the best parts of this class was also having the opportunity to work with the STEP students that come in towards the end of the semester. I loved their willingness to participate, and it made me so happy to see the excitement on their faces when they accomplished something.”

Campus involvement

“I have been apart of the Carthage women’s volleyball team for three years now. I believe that it has made a real difference in how I’ve experienced college. I love knowing that no matter what, I always have my team to fall back on because they’re always there for me. Volleyball has always been something that let’s me forget about all of my troubles and stresses, and it has continued to be just that for me. I have loved having the opportunity to compete at a high level with some of the best girls by my side.”

Toughest class

“One of my toughest classes was Human Anatomy and Physiology. Before taking this class, I hadn’t taken a science course that required a lot of my time and focus. I loved learning about the body, but it was a lot of material to learn. That was definitely tough, but all the time I spent on it definitely paid off.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite moments have definitely been volleyball related. The best one so far was making it to the NCAA regional tournament last year. Being in the gym with hundreds of Illinois Wesleyan fans was insane, but winning to move onto the final was crazy. It felt like the gym was physically moving from all of the noise, and I loved being there with a great team.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is probably my own room . I live in the Oaks, and I’ve set up my ledge area to be like a desk, so I have this view of the trees and the lake behind them. I love to be in my own space because I feel comfortable, and it relaxes me after a day full of studying and attending classes. It just calms me down no matter what I have going on in any other aspect of my life.”

Biggest surprise so far

“My biggest surprise is probably how well I’ve done academically here. When I was in high school, I was a pretty average student. I wasn’t sure how I would fare out or if I would even find something I would like to study. However, I think I’ve excelled since being in college because I really love learning about the things we learn about in class, and I enjoy the people I’m around. It’s easier to focus and work hard when you enjoy what you’re doing.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I think my 8-year-old self would be pleasantly surprised but proud. When I was eight, I always said I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. As I grew up, I obviously learned that veterinarians work with animals, but it isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. I realized that I probably wouldn’t have been able to handle the hardships that the profession has to offer. Despite the change in career paths, my 8-year-old self would still cheer me on and would be as understandable as an 8-year-old can be.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“The best advice I have to offer is to be open about your studies. You have to want to learn about working with children, teenagers, adults, the elderly, special populations, etc. to fall in love with the field. I believe that our field is very interactive and people based so I think that’s key to succeeding here. I said this before, but it’s so important to make sure you enjoy what you’re doing. You don’t want to spend so much time and money in a field that your heart isn’t in fully!

“I think other students should consider our major because our department is full of great and knowledgeable professors. They care that students succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Plus, I love being active in class. I’ve always had a tough time staying focused for longer than an hour so I always love the days where my classes involve a lot of physical activity and interaction with my classmates.”

Why Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I knew I was going to be able to continue playing volleyball and be an active member in the classroom and community. It meant a lot to be able to play volleyball, but I didn’t want it to consume all of my time. College is a place to meet new people and do things you enjoy, but you have to remember to study and stay focused. The lake view was just a cherry on top of all of that.”